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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA - Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPAShort's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA

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Reviews: 652
Hads: 1,866
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 222
Gots: 294 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: arizcards on 06-13-2004

Named after the hop flower Humulus Lupulus, this India Pale Ale style beer has enormous amounts of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. With a very complex malt bill, flavors seem to meld with the hops to balance this ale and provide a ridiculous urge to sample more.
140 IBU
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Reviews: 652 | Hads: 1,866
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, served on draft at HopCat in GR, MI.

Pours bronze/orange in color with good thick, rocky head. Smell is very hoppy but smells a little more like a West Coast IPA with a bit of a caramel malt backbone. Taste good and hoppy as expected with a bit of a citrus twist to it. Leaves a bitter, but pleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel was great. Very smooth and unexpectedly light. Overall a good beer, recommended to me by the owner of HopCat and he knows his beer!

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of HiAIPA poured into pint glass.

Pours a bright, almost irredescent, completely hazy orange with a fluffy and short-lived white head. It recedes to a ring quickly and leaves only a trace of lacing. The smell has a big resiny hop character but with some nice grapefruit and orange hints as well. The sweet malt base is in there as well but only as a compliment to the big hop aromas. Taste is earthy resin up front and a substantial malt backbone before giving way to a lingering citrus bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly sticky with a bitterness that tickles the tongue throughout. This is another very good brew from the guys at Shorts, a well-balanced yet very hoppy IPA.

Thanks again to Jeff for the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of RedHaze
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the HopCat in Grand Rapids.

Slighty hazy orange-tinged copper, with a one finger head that sticks around for a long time. The lase is nice and sticky as you would expect from a good IPA.

Smell; initially citrus dominates with grapefruit and a little lemon zest. After this warms a bit the hops become a little more floral and earthy, with a little pine and hay.

Taste; spicy earthy hops, with some pine, dried grass, almost tea like. Grapefruit and lemon add a nice citrus flavor, and then a little sweet caramel malts creep through for a second before being overcome by the hops.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouthfeel is medium bodied, and oily due to the hops. Drinkability is good. The beer is pretty drying on the palate, to the point that it may become a bit hard to drink more than one. Good thing there were so many good beers to choose from.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler obtained at Short's brew pub on 7/30/08, into my brand new Short's Imperial Pint Glass.

A: Very cloudy, orangish green. The bartender explained that they were selling a "shitload" of the stuff lately, so that was why it had almost a green hue to it. Small amount of head that retained well and left great sticky lace.

A: Smelled of Big grass and citrus hops. Orange, grapefruit, and "hemp". There was a very distinct sweetness as well, maybe from honey?

T: Extrordinary! The hops are enormous, again, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and honey. The sweet malts balance this very nicely.

M&D: Medium body beer, nice level of carbonation, makes for a semi-creamy mouthfeel. As for the drinkability, I had planned to drink one or two glasses out of the growler with my grilled chicken that night, but I finished it before my brother-in-law could finish grilling. I can't wait for Joe Short to bottle this one. Just an outstanding IPA. Skal.

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Photo of drxandy
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap 7/18 @ old chicago in okemos
served in 16oz mug, deep orangeish opaque amber, white head fades to good lacing, looks deep

smells of a great combination of hops, bitter and sweet

tastes of an astringent bitter hop combo, yum! sweet malts, i'd love to go into more detail but i was enjoying it too much at the time to take more notes :D
a very nice ipa!

mouthfeel is of a good weight, deliciously bitter, very drinkable - one of my favorite ipa's for sure, can't wait for wider distribution.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Hopcat.

A- Pours a hazy orangish red with a nice fluffy white head that left a good amount of layered lacing.

S- Citrus and pine hop aroma. A bit of caramel malt in the background.

T- Taste of citrus and piney hops with a good resiny taste and balanced out with a bready malt taste.

M- Medium to full in body. Nice and oily finish.

D- High for this IPA as it is nearly perfectly balanced between malt and hop.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Hop-Cat from my recent trip to Grand Rapids from notes.

A - pours a hazy orange with a small tight white head with great lacing and retention
S- Lovely hop presence with citrus and grassy undertones and the pale sweet malt coming through nicely
T - light, crisp, hoppy and floral with the malt rounding everything out nicely. Lots of caramel and citrus on the palate.
M - smooth going down with medium carbonation
D - Fantastic drinkability and I want to get some more here in Indiana. Please some to Indiana Shorts when you are up and bottling.

This is one of the best IPA's I've had. All around just a great beer.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep orange colour with a modest white head on top. Nose is big and hoppy, with grass notes present.

The flavour itself is easily amongst the best for a standard IPA brewed in Michigan. The backbone of the beer is an easy drinking, malty flavour, and it stands up well to the power of the hops from the nose, which arrive after a couple of seconds and steal the show. Definite grass aspects as well as resin. Bold and assertive.

The mouthfeel is fine, the body itself isn't overly thick, but good hop bitters and a great overall feel. The drinkability, also in the good range...definitely a brew that I will rebuy when / if I run into it again.

The bottom line: If you're an IPA fan, and you live in Michigan, then Short's take on the style is worth tracking down. I'm a big fan of the flavours that are present in this brew, and it's one of my personal favourites for its style.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- It poure a quite hazy orange-brown color with a 1 finger off-white head that became a solid lace leaving nice sticky rings down the glass.

S- There were definitley sweeter malt tones evident, but the grassy hops took center stage on this beer.

T- Much like the aroma, the hops were much stronger than the malt characteristics. The major flavor was grapefruit.

M- Very smooth feel. Light carbonation and a full body almost made me think of a cask style offering.

D- It's an easy drinker. I had two large drafts with dinner and thought I could have another. While the flavor tends more toward the hops, it's not a hop bomb that's going to kill the tastebuds.

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Photo of bgramer
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this on tap at HopCat (4 Short's on tap) in Grand Rapids - and ordered a growler of this to go. This is my first experience with Short's brewery.

I poured into a large tulip glass and t was a cloudy copper/amber color... very floral and hoppy. One finger of head that quickly dissipated leaving a circle that laces the glass as I drink it down.

Bold flavor with hints of malt and caramel and citrus. There's something light-fruity here - maybe apples? While the flavor is bold, the body is light enough that it's very drinkable.

Definitely recommend it if you ever find it anywhere. It's quite difficult to find.

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Photo of Baileyuk
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was one of my first craft experiences and I thought the industry was nuts! That was 2003 and I was not put off and allowed myself to experience some lighter beers.
Skipping through to now where I am craft only and an IPA lover this beer is top of my list. It is so well balanced as to not just have a hop presence for the sake of it. Its first taste is powerful but then a leveling off into a pleasant taste. The aroma is interesting and reminds you of the hops relation to "other" plants.

I cannot wait until bottles are out in May and I can drink it any time.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Berkley Front (North Detroit area) last week. This was my first Short's beer. This had a nice hops presence in the aroma, but enough malt balance to keep it interesting. Actually similar to DFH 90 minute, I was happy with the depth of flavor, and the light body made it easy to pound. Recommended if you see it.

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Photo of BeachHoppy
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Huma-Lupa Licious IPA is easily one of the top 3 IPAs brewed in Michigan. My number one at the moment.

I have a 5-tap kegerator in my at-home tavern, and I am proud to have Huma-Lupa as my flagship Michigan beer. My hop-head wife and I are enjoying our fifth half barrel of HLL this year. This is one of the best session IPA's ever had in my 30+ years of drinking quality beers.

This is a consistently brewed beer. You can always count on the hops right up front. It has great mouth feel and is properly balanced with enough malt to not entirely overtake the beer with west coast hoppiness.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed August 17 2007. On tap at Ashley’s, Ann Arbor. 16 Oz Pour. Aroma loaded with sticky resinous Cascade, Amarillo and other West Coast monsters. A rich, powerful and very fresh quaff. Pours a bit too clouded in bold straw, fresh with a silky rim of white. Flavor is in line with aroma, a rich amalgamation of hop resins, citrus peel, pine and grass. All the lovely aspects of hops and none of the bad ones. A nice thick malt body holds up the hop presentation. No caramels, just a fresh, clean body of paler malt sugars, with bits of lemon and apple juice. Palate is nice, with full body in the middle, but little residual stickiness, instead just a nice heavily dry hop and alcohol smack.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Nice cloudy copper colored brew, with a thick off white head. The head retention is great. Near the end of the beer, there were some great sheets of lace covering the sides of the glass.

Bold citrus and pine hop aroma. A bit of caramel malt in the background, but make no mistake, this is one-sided.

Nice toasty, caramel malt flavor, followed by citrusy and piney flavors. Solid amount of bitterness, without being harsh. Lingering orange and peach flavor.

Good body. Very drinkable. Very solid.

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Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmore for a sixer of this brew (and plenty of others!!!)

Nice looking nearly opaque IPA. Bronze colored and slightly milky. Head is almost white and has wonderful retentin and leaves a thin sticky lace everywhere.

This is a damn fine smelling IPA. Citrusy hops first and foremost with piney aspects slicing through. Sweet peach and tangerine, with a hint of pineapple, newly mown grass with a caramel malty hint evening things out.

And it carries over to the mouth. Not the best IPA but one of the most solid drinkable I've had in a long long time. Mouth and nose are closely related. A great bittering hop on the finish leaves you puckering for another sip. Hop flavors are full ambitious and ready to be taken. Drinkability is high for this IPA as it is nearly perfectly balanced between malt and hop. Another one waiter?

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Photo of montageman
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass - on draught at the Berkley Front. Cloudy amber in color with lots of carbonation bubbles and no head, but that might be from the way it was poured. Smell is very floral with some citrus notes and a little bit of pine. Taste is very hoppy with a little grapefruit there, but there is nothing there to balance the hop bitterness, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Mouthfeel is crisp due to the carobonation - very nice for this type of beer. I could definitely drink more than one of these at a sitting, but I love the bitter taste, could be more of a chore for someone else. Recommended.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky peach color with a small white head. Aroma is a nice citrusy hoppiness with some tangerines and grapefruits, malt backbone combines to include a sweet peach aroma. Flavor is big citrus esp tangerine with some grapefruit. Peach also comes thru but lighter in the taste than in the aroma. Big size bitterness in the finish with some pepperiness and decent amt of dryness. This beer is big for the style, alcohol isn't too over the top, but hop aromas and taste are big and bold and the bitterness is on the same level as some dipa's. Great beer that can fortunately be had locally, hopefully Short's other beers will see larger distribution in the future.

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Photo of Derek
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

A: Deep golden colour; off-white head, little retention, hints of lace.

S: Grapefruit citrus with a little dark toffee.

T: Grapefruit juice, very light malt (bready). Alcohol is well-hidden by the hop flavour. Nice, but not a lot of depth/flavour. I think it could use some more bitterness.

M: Light to moderate carbonation. Very well attenuated, body is on the light side of moderate.

D: Quite quaffable! Alcohol could be trouble.

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Photo of granger10
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant coppery color with a flourescent orange hue. Solid moderately sized head maintains well. Some lacing. Smell is quite resiny and intense. Reminds me of piney juice, if there is such a thing. There also seems to be lots of grapefruit flavors and a touch of a nutty toffee crunch. Taste doesn't match appearance or aroma. Really sharp hops and quite bitter. The flavor is decent but skewed. Malts seem fruity but never truly find their way. This is solid but a bit too sharp and a bit too watery. I liked the first half of my pint, the second half wore on me.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out to a dark orange color with a smaller head of orange white foam. Medium low level of carbonation. This is a hop-heads dream come true. Aromas of hops and hop oils, with a mild backbone of earthy hops. Taste was hops over the top with caramel malts blending in for a harmonious experience. Mouthfeel was nice and oily, the way I like my IPA's. Drinkability was suprisingly good for the higher ABV. Recommended drinking.

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Photo of Crosling
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on draught @ Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, Michigan. Dark orange with the perfect IPA color. Unbelievably luscious hop aroma, showcasing nearly everything aromatically possible for hops, but with the pine and grapefruit standing out most. Suprisingly harsh hop flavor with a medley of pine, lemon, spruce, resin, grapefruit and citrus, while maintaining a ridiculous level of bitterness. No malt backing and bone dry, making it almost undrinkable, but wow, what an aroma.

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Photo of redmosquito
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper color with a strong white head. Aroma of spicey and citrus hops and malty goodness of sweet caramel. There is strong bitterness here balanced with huge amounts of munich and caramel malts. This is a very nice malty IPA, which is how I like them, I definitely like hops but they're so overdone on IPAs these days that a malt balanced IPA seems like a gift.

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Photo of proc
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a brownish-copper in the glass with a good-sized head. The aroma is that of citrus and pine. The taste is delicious. Grapefruit, pine and hops are definetely present, but are backed up nicely by the malt. It seems to have a very complex malt character, which is nice for an IPA to balance against the hops. Not as complex as Town Hall's Mama Masala, but still outstanding.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a Short's growler on trbeer's porch July 25th (written from my notebook). The color was copper, with a foamy white head, leaving nice lacing. The smell was a strong grapefruity and piney hoppiness. The taste was a grapefruity and piney hoppiness, with a good resiny taste and very little malt shining through (not like it has to!)....just hops, hops, hops! Mouthfeel was a nice oily, resiny character. As for drinkability, this is a fantastic one that I would have many of!

Wow...thanks to trbeer for sharing this one with me!!! An IPA that stands up with Hop Wallop and Red Star's Formula 47 for sheer hop goodness!! I love the grapefruity hop flavor in the big double-ish IPA, and this is one (along with the others I've had at the SBF, though I didn't review) that makes me sad that it's 9 hours away!

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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.